We’re talking about mega-popular Twitch streamer Hasan “Hasanabi” Piker again. Rather than a scandal related to his actions on Amazon’s streaming platform or anything related to how wealthy the political commentator is, Hasanabi is making headlines for being permanently banned on TikTok for “hateful conduct” after his editor released a clip of Hasanabi’s reposted. December 14 live stream on Black Lives Matter vs. All Lives Matter.
Hasanabi is one of Twitch’s most popular broadcasters, attracting tens of thousands of viewers when he goes live on Amazon’s live streaming platform. Hasanabi, a leftist progressive socialist, has covered a countless number of political events from the 2020 elections to the January 6 uprising and beyond. If something is going on in the world of politics, chances are Hasanabi will respond to it. However, this often gets him into trouble, which is exactly what happened on TikTok.
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Like his editor Ostonox noticed on Twitter, Hasanabi was banned on TikTok for “hate speech.” Ostonox explained that the clip, a small excerpt from Hasanabi’s December 14 livestream what he responds to through a video The cut, was about “how ‘Black Lives Matter’ means we need to end systemic discrimination and police brutality against black people in the United States.” The worst thing about this permaban is that it happened on the day of Martin Luther King Jr. Plus, his editor was banned also.
According to TikTok Guidance for the community, hate speech and conduct are defined as “content that attacks, threatens, incites violence or otherwise dehumanizes an individual or group”. The platform also delves into hateful ideology, explaining that it is rhetoric that “shows clear hostility towards people because of their protected attributes” such as age, disability, ethnicity, sex, race, religion, sex, and the like. Any content that meets these criteria, including content that “promotes or condones violence” and “claims[ing] supremacy over a group of people’, will be removed from the platform and may result in a permanent ban on TikTok.
“Like, there you go,” Hasanabi said in the clip above. “That’s a nice way to look at the extremes on both sides. One side says, “Black lives matter and black lives are part of all lives, so obviously all lives don’t matter until black lives matter, because black lives don’t matter right now.” The other side says, ‘No, fuck that, actually all lives matter. Black lives matter too, you’re just wrong if you bring that up.’ The extreme in that situation is one side rightly saying that Black people are disproportionately targeted by the criminal justice system and sometimes even killed as a result of that disproportionate targeting and systemic racism. The other side denies that reality. On the extreme side on the other hand, they are also taking matters into their own hands. So, how can you look at that situation and say, ‘Huh, both parties have some ideas here’?
Ostonox told my city that Hasanabi has been “banned a few times” on TikTok in the past because the short video platform “reacts very quickly when a video is reported.” He explained that when something is reported, he and Hasanabi would appeal, which would then get a “human reviewer” who would reverse the ban because “nothing violated community guidelines.” However, it appears that Hasanabi committed multiple offenses and got the boat.
“Our latest video [was posted on January 16] and started doing really well because it satirized the current TikTok trend of pages linking together multiple colorful, engaging videos to increase watch time,” Ostonox said. “I’m not sure which part is ‘hate speech’ as the clip used is where he explains why ‘Black Lives Matter’ is a phrase meant to highlight the systemic oppression of black people in the US.”
Hasanabi tried to appeal the permaban, but according to a screenshot he posted on Twitterwas refused and continues to be chased off the platform.
In a live stream on the same dayHasanabi responded to the TikTok permaban, shaking his head and saying he was “so damn angry” about it.
“Every time a TikTok of mine goes viral, it automatically gets reported en masse and I get fucking banned permanently,” Hasanabi said. ‘Every time, dude. How? How? I mean it’s insane. It’s insane dude, it’s fucking insane. Every time. Like, without fail. I hate it so much.”
my city reached out to Hasanabi and TikTok for comment.
Black people, as can be seen virtually everywhere, are disproportionately affected by a number of oppressive structures in the United States, not just the criminal justice system. To assume that Black Lives Matter is a dog whistle for divisive politics is misguided at best. We just want to exist in the world and have the same opportunities as everyone else. So, Hasanabi is here: all lives don’t matter until black lives matter too. It’s that simple.
Hasanabi has been in trouble for a number of reasons in the past. People got mad at him buy a house, riding a Porcheven before saying the word “cracker”. (of which Wheat Thins exonerated him with “The pass”). Hell, Hasanabi could probably breathe and people would find a reason to get mad at the leftist progressive socialist. This is just the latest in a long line of controversies related to Hasanabi’s belt.